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Extended Mission

When Mars Express has performed its core mission, it will continue in orbit helping subsequent lander missions relay data back to earth for at least another Martian year. This mission phase is currently scheduled from December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2007.

U.S. Participation During Extended Mission

If the Mars Express Mission extends past its primary length of one Martian Sol, the US will continue its science participation in Mars Express' science instrument teams. The U.S. will also continue to support the mission through JPL's Navigation and Information Facility (NAIF) which develops software to support delivery of Mars Express data (e.g. the spacecraft's position and other information that aid in the interpretation of scientific data) to the Planetary Data System, an online repository of mission data available to scientists worldwide.

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